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Train mows down, kills 7 elephants in east India

Passenger train kills seven elephants and injures another 10 as a herd crosses railroad tracks in West Bengal state.

KOLKATA // A passenger train has killed seven elephants and injured another 10 of a herd crossing railroad tracks in eastern India, an official has said.

West Bengal state forestry minister Hiten Burman said Thursday that the train traveling at 80 kilometres per hour plowed into a herd of nearly 40 elephants in Chapramari forest in Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday night.

Mr Burman said railway authorities had ignored requests from his department to have trains travel at slower speeds in the elephant corridor.

Dozens of elephants have died in India in recent years after being struck while crossing railroad tracks that run through national parks and forests.

India’s wild elephant population was recently estimated at about 26,000.

Associated Press